Treated my interconnects with Deoxit D5 today


I have a nice audio system and had a great notion to clean all my connections with alcohol and treat all the connections with Deoxit D5.  I did all the fuses as well.  Well, the result is that the system now sounds flat and lifeless as hell... way different than I previously heard.  What's up with this?  I am crestfallen...
whitestix
When you did the fuses did you watch which direction you put them back in?
Teeheehee.  Fuse.... direction.... chuckle.... 
Ah, the smoking gun...

As with cables and electronics, you also need to burn in the deoxit. Just kidding. I have only had the opposite (good) result when using Caig's products on all contact surfaces.
Honestly sounds like you may have inadvertently mixed up an interconnect or speaker cable when replacing them all.
Maybe give them all a double check and make sure all the pos and neg are correct, easy to do for sure.

Good luck
(+/-) speaker cables out of phase?

DeKay
I use Kontack or Unity Audio Design Signal clean pro which is just as good and gives almost twice as much with applicators.It comes in a glass bottle Kontack now uses metal(aluminum) bottle as glass can not be shipped from Europe.Good luck though!!
I checked all the connectors and they are all correct.  I figure it will settle back down soon.  Thanks.
Try reversing the interconnects. You never know.

Whatever you change something or take fuses out or clean connectors always mark everything so at least you put things back the way they were. Keep a log and take photos.
Wait.

Seriously, wait 72 hours.

Best,
E
Thanks for the suggestions, Geoff.  Erik, I shall do nothing for a while, other than swap the IC's.  Maybe I need to clear out my ears.  Thanks. 
Ha,
Johnson's ear buds work the best!

If you have checked all phasing and have reversed the ic, there is not much,more you can do bar wait and see if it comes back to you.

Good luck!
Yep, uber, I am gonna wait it out.  My system, with the recent addition of the ISO Regen and power supply to my audio stream never sounded better.... until I fooled around with it.  Thanks for chiming in, much appreciated.  
maybe you used too much ...
Anyone comment on how these contact cleaners compare to the old "Tweek" cleaner? This still available?
Tweek sucks. It has a propensity to turn blackish green fairly quickly. Kontact is good. But they are both cleaners/conditioners, not really what we’re talking about here. Cramolin was good, too.
I have been saying this for awhile but Stabilant-22 which is not only a great signal enhancer but once all connectors are clean 
99% Isopropyl alcohol is purest. Once the Stabilant is applied it will protect conductors for a Minimum. Of 12 years.
my uncle is a electronics designer and turned me on to this several years ago . Very clean and easy to apply .and  many high tech 
companies have been using this for Years. Just google it it has won Many awards .made in Canada I have tried almost everything 
caig is greasy and not in the same league the Furutech nano fluid is conductive and only lasts a year or two usesshsrk oil .
stabilant -22 which has 25% Isopropyl in it, to help get into tight areas. NASA ,and a bunch of high tech,military companies use it.
I use it on AC all the time even though they don’t mention it no problems over 3 years and fantastic on Vacuum Tube pins after cleaned . I do use the Caig small and big foam applicators for the glue  don’t fall apart the tip stays intact. The small ones re perfect for tube pins and sockets. Check them out !!
Tweek was a rip-off .the same Stabilant -22 myself and many top companies .      it is excellent tweek used to dilute the Stabilant-22 ,with a  8-1 ratio.This is a fact. 

Just buy  Stabilant-22, amazon sells it. nothing out there as good NASA uses it as well as many high tech companies for Years and protects for over 12 years if contacts not removed once cleaned with Isopropyl alcohol. From system cables to tube pins and sockets they have won more awards then all the others put together .
i have tried them  all ,not messy and  is a signal enhancer, protector 
for sure no BS .just go to their site and see just how many companies use it.
Stabilant 22 is good. So is Cramolin. Quicksilver Gold and the new Graphene contact enhancer are better. Been there done that.
I have Stabilant but have not used it in years.  I thought it kind of gummed up my connections, but I don't think I diluted it.

At any rate, the former splendor of my system has now returned and I am hearing just what I heard before my connection-cleaning foray.  Go figure.  Erik was exactly right.  Thanks again for the input from you wise fellows.  
I go with the 'you used too much' theory. Any of these products brush on and WIPE OFF. if you can see or feel it IT IS TOO MUCH LEFT ON. What is really wanted is a few molecules thick left on the metal. not enough to be swimming in the stuff.If you just wipe everything off with a paper towel. gently, wiping a few times each area.. Should get you to the right amount left on.To reach INTO male RCA, I use a Q-Tip puling  most of the cotton off, then flatten it a bit so it will go in-between the barrel and pin. I would NOT try to clean inside the female RCA unless you slathered a lot into them. If so and need to clean in the female RCA, I suggest pipe cleaners.
I have been using Deoxit D5 cleaner and ProGold G5 Conductivity and Conditioning Enhancer for overs 10 years without any sound degradation. For future cleaning, I would recommend following kit that has everything you need to clean the contacts,

https://www.musicdirect.com/equipment/caig-audio-video-survival-kit
Glad to hear it Whitestix!
Nothing worse than having this horrible gut feeling that somehow you screwed your own system up!

Maybe as a few have said it was a simple case of if a little is good, more must be better!

Enjoy the music.
Uber,
Thanks, friend, for the comment. Maybe I put on the Deoxit a tad to thick, but it has now settled down to its former wonderful sound.  I am hearing sweet wonderful music again!  No good deed goes unpunished, in my case.  
If you feel you put it on a bit thick now is the time to wipe it off. I find Craig products v good but accept Stabilant 22 is probably best. When I run out of Caig Pro I’ll give Stabilant 22 a try; unless there’s some consensus that the Stabilant would make a difference :) 
Ptss,
I just pulled out my tube of Stabilant and see that I have a 5 ml bottle of the "stuff" and another bigger bottle of what smells like alcohol.  Am I to put the contents of the smaller bottle into the bigger bottle and then use that?  Previously, I used the full-strength fluid on my connections.  Thanks for you insights.  Whitestix
I had the same problem with D5, i.e. washed out sound. However I also use what used to be called Deoxit Gold ( the company seems to be changing the names) and that was quite the opposite, i.e a big improvement in sound quality. As I understand it the D5 is a straight cleaning fluid, the Gold is a cleaner plus a contact enhancer presumably it adds in some kind of fluid which is conductive. Possibly what we both found was that clean contacts don’t actually sound that good or the D5 leaves some kind of film. Irrespective, I just added an application of Gold and was very happy.    
I bought Tweek years ago, it evaporated in like a year or two, even though it was sealed tightly
You were fortunate.
Stabilant 22 appears to the equivalent to Tweek.  It is about $60 for a vial of it which should last for years and years.  Check out their website as users of it speak in glowing praise of it, including lots of technicians.  I am just happy that my system returned to its former splendor.  There is an old adage that says, "if it ain't broke, don't fool with it."  
I’ll go out on a limb and say they’re not equivalent.